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In addition, I can't imagine my collection complete without my Lord Krishna's Cuisine: The art of Indian Vegetarian Cooking.
What books do you consider are your core and/or essential cookbooks?
One that I would recommend though is Linda McCartney on Tour: I've cooked several things from this book, and each has been a tasty success. The aubergine gateau is particularly good.
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And I don't shy away from complicated recipes--I use Crescent Dragonwagon's Passionate Vegetarian a lot, & also The Voluptuous Vegan. But for some reason, most times I consider cooking something from VwaV, it just seems like more effort than I want to invest.
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now, if only I lived in a part of the country that sold these things...anyone else feel like they're speaking greek when in a store? even in the local health-food stores, I get blank looks when I ask for something "vegan"..grr...
I've also loved the meals I've had from Voluptuous Vegan-- but they were all made by somebody else, so I can't attest to their level of difficulty. I can attest to their level of YUM, though!
One of my favourite cookbooks. Fab recipes and good explanations of seasonal vegetables.
What timing! I had just picked out the BBQ Pomegranate Tofu recipe to make this week and couldn't find pomegranate molasses (or syrup) at Whole Foods. Unfortunately, I think I used the last of the blackstrap molasses making "The Best Pumpkin Muffins" (also from Vegan with a Vengeance). I do have pomegranate juice leftover from last week's "Chocolate Cherry Crème Cupcakes" (Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World). I guess February has been one long Isa love-fest.
You can also get it from amazon.com, but really, if you are near a city of any size the trip to the store is so much more fun. And it'll be a lot cheaper than Whole Foods.
Now is a particularly good time if the market is run by or caters to Christians, because there are lots of Lenten specialties that are vegetarian or vegan, substituting lentils or peanut butter or things like that for meat. So Armenian is a good choice if there is a community near you.
you can buy the book from:
Not sure what they charge to send the book outside the UK
The Green World one is excellent too.
I also really like Nava Atlas' Vegetarian Family Cookbook. It is not explicitly vegan, but a lot of the recipes have vegan substitutes for non-vegan ingredients, and Atlas explains that her family is moving towards veganism. I have earmarked a lot of recipes from that book. I've only tried 3 or 4 so far, but they were awesome!
One that has not been listed that I have used quite often for the past twenty plus years would be Tofu cookery by Louise Hagler. It was out of print for a while, then came back in 1991 and I think is still available. This book has relatively simple recipes, very tasty, and covers everything from sauces to desserts, including a section on how to make your own tofu... it doesn't look too hard to do... maybe someday.
Anyway, thanks for all the great suggestions, now I have more books on my list to buy.
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